November 7, 2012

Australian Benjamin Williams in charge of AFC Champions League Final

(c) ZIMBIO
Contrary to previously issued news in diverse forms of media which said Bahraini Nawaf Shukralla would have been in charge of this year's AFC Champions League final, AFC has appointed Aussie Benjamin Jon Williams (r.) of Canberra to take control over Saturday's clash between Hyundai Ulsan (KOR) and Al Ahli (KSA). 

The 1977 born teacher from the Australian capital will be accompanied by Luke Brennan and Paul Cetrangolo as assistant referees, while Stebre Delovski will function as fourth official.
Williams, currently being on the short list for 2014 FIFA World Cup, also acted at 2012 Olympic Games where he oversaw two matches (Mexico - Gabon and Spain - Morocco). 
His common assistant referees, Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz, who are normally accompanying him, also on the prospective World Cup list, are absent due to a FIFA meeting at Zurich that is attended by assistant referees from AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and OFC zone.

39 Comments:

  1. Williams new AUSTRALIAN talents

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  2. Shukrallah was bad and Williams is even worse... I know many AFC refs better than those two.

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  3. So, just a wrong news or a changed appointment by AFC?

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    1. To be honest Chefren I first read the appointment of Shukralla on 15 Octomber. 1 month before the final which doesn't really makes any sense. Probably the changed Shukralla but I don't know the reason.

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  4. WC Qualifiers
    Northern Ireland - Azerbaijan (14/11/2012, Belfast)
    Viktor Shvetsov - Oleksandr Korniyko, Oleh Pluzhnyk - Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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    1. friendlies

      Sweden - England
      Svein Oddvar Moen - Kim Thomas Haglund, Frank Andås (NOR) - Stefan Wittberg (SWE)

      Panama - Spain
      Mauricio Rafael Morales Ovalle - Juan Joel Rangel Maya, Alejandro Ayala Valderrama (MEX) - Jafeth Perea Amador (PAN)

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    2. Austria - Côte d'Ivoire
      Pavel Královec, Antonín Kordula, Patrik Filípek, Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

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    3. Cyprus - Finland
      Pavel Cristian Balaj, Zoltán Székely, Valentin Gabriel Avram (ROU) - Leontios Trattou (CYP)

      Bulgaria - Ukraine
      Milorad Mažić, Milovan Ristić, Igor Radojčić (SRB)

      Chile - Serbia
      Alain Bieri, Matthias Arnet, Raffael Zeder, Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)

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    4. WC Qualifiers
      Montenegro - San Marino
      Sándor Andó-Szabó, István Norbert Albert, Vencel Tóth, Mihály Fábián (HUN)

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  5. Thanks for the research, I am still hoping to find the NED-GER appointment soon.

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  10. Romania AR-ZOLTAN SZEKLE good-bye limited 45 years. New AR?

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  11. Here you have pdf file with appointments' overview (click on 'pobierz'):

    http://www.sendspace.pl/file/ee6af918e7315ef9a5d12e3

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  12. Anonymous9/11/12 16:49

    Friendly (14/11): Netherlands - Germany: Pedro Proença (Por)

    Last month he was in charge of Germany-Sweden and in September of Hungary-Netherlands.

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  13. Thanks a lot for the uploaded pdf with the appts!

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  14. The name of Proenca is extremely annoying last months. He gets everything although he makes big mistakes and destroyed three last matches... In addition to this, GER-NED friendly after last match GER-SWE is completely ridiculous.
    Bertino Cunha Miranda and José Tiago Garcias Bolinhas Trigo will be, as always, his assistants.

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  15. Israel - Belarus
    Simon Lee Evans, Edward James King, Philip Thomas, Huw Jones - WAL

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  16. And the fact thatis just a friendly and they appoint again Proença is even a worse thing, because in this kind of matches at least they could have the courage to appoint a different name or a emergent one.

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  17. Yes, one of the worst appointments last time as well as Rasmussen in Ajax-City.

    Poland - Uruguay (William Collum - SCO)
    Albania - Cameroon (Stephan Studer - SUI)

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    1. we wrote in the same minute the same appointments :)

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    2. Hah, funny thing :D
      And I'm curious UEFA make appointments or are those national federations. In example, we sent Siejewicz to Czech Republic for friendly and then Prihoda refereed our match. I think national federations are responsible for that. So Proenca in GER-NED is more strange taking into account German FA want him after GER-SWE...

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    3. I guess it's the national FA hosting the match (KNVB in this case) which is responsible for inviting referees. I am sure that many German supporters will be stunned when Proenca appears in their TV screen throwing the coin.."what?!-again this guy?!...and so on.."
      It's more paying court to Proenca than seriously considering and assessing his performances to my mind.

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    4. Oh, I thought the match is in Germany :) It would be idiot now it's understandable appointment.

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    5. For Proenca, it is a good preparation for Dortmund-Ajax the week after ;)

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    6. Great point Phillipp

      Given there is no such thing as a friendly between the two sides, I'd only want Proenca, Skomina or Webb on this game.

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    7. Proenca after his last poor performances that are characterized by too much leniency and missed obvious fouls? I say no for such appointment. Howard Webb is good choice for this kind of match.

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  18. Albania-Camerun: Stephan Studer (SUI)

    POland-Uruguay: William Collum (SCO)

    Also here, again Collum, which refereed already a friendly one month ago, France-Japan

    UEFA seems to be annoying

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  19. SWISS CUP 1/16-Finals:

    FC Köniz(EL) - FC Winterthur (ChL) Stephan STUDER
    FC Schötz(EL) - FC Wil 1900 (ChL): Sascha KEVER
    SC Cham (EL) - FC Locarno (ChL): Alain BIERI
    FC Aarau (ChL) - AC Bellinzona (ChL): Stephan KLOSSNER
    SR Delémont EL) - FC Lausanne-Sport (SL): Adrien JACCOTTET
    Hergiswil(2I) - FC Sion (SL): Daniel WERMELINGER
    FC Biel(ChL) - FC St. Gallen (SL): Patrick GRAF
    FC Lugano (ChL) - FC Thun (SL): Damien CARREL
    Vallemaggia(2.) - Grasshopper Club Zürich (SL): Ludovic GREMAUD
    FC Grenchen(EL) - FC Wohlen (ChL): Pascal ERLACHNER
    FC Chiasso(ChL) - FC Basel 1893 (SL): Sébastien PACHE
    Black Stars(EL) - FC Zürich (SL): Luca GUT
    SV Muttenz (EL) - BSC Young Boys (SL): Nicolas JANCEVSKI
    FCSchönbühl(2.) - SC Kriens (EL): Patrick WINTER
    FC Baden(EL) - FC Schaffhausen (EL): Tomasz SUPERCZYNSKI

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    1. Steven, do you know full app for Albania - Cameroon (Studer)?

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    2. No, I don't know yet. But I will tell you, as soon as I know it.

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  20. Ulsan Hyundai 3 - 0 Al Ahli

    Easy-going match for Williams, I guess...

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  21. It was Paul Cetrangolo's first international club match ever. And this in a CL final..

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    1. Brave decision to appoint him, then.
      They could have chosen an assistant referee from a different country, more experienced.
      I'm anyway going to think that the choice of Williams was also because he is from a country so far away from South Korea and Saudi Arabia and so he appeared 100% neutral.
      For example, a referee from Japan, China, or from a country near the Persian Gulf might have been criticized.
      I remember several cases in the past, involving AFC officials... Ali Al Badwawi was blamed by Indonesia in the 2007 Asian Cup for a match against Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and UAE are not so far.
      Since Asia is a very big confederation, AFC committee has a large choice.
      This could also explain why (maybe) AFC changed the appointment, if at first they had really in mind to appoint a ref from Bahrein.


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    2. On the other hand, we see Balideh now in WC qualifiers with his 7th involvement in this qualifying round, he has Japan for the third time, this time against Oman. Qatar and Oman are not so far away from each other either ;)

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